Kenneth Lanyon Harkness DSC, RN

Born  24 Aug 1900
Died  12 Jan 1990(89)


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Ranks

1 May 1917 Mid.
15 Sep 1919 A/S.Lt.
15 May 1920 S.Lt.
15 Aug 1921 Lt.
15 Aug 1929 Lt.Cdr.
31 Dec 1934 Cdr.
30 Jun 1940 Capt.

Retired: 8 Jul 1949


Decorations

9 Aug 1940 DSC

Warship Commands listed for Kenneth Lanyon Harkness, RN


ShipRankTypeFromTo
HMS Fearless (H 67)Cdr.Destroyer17 Aug 193815 Jul 1940
HMS Ceylon (30)Capt.Light cruiser12 May 194513 Nov 1945

Career information

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Events related to this officer

Destroyer HMS Fearless (H 67)


11 Sep 1939
HMS Fearless (Cdr K.L. Harkness, RN) picks up 34 survivors from the British merchant Firby that was sunk by German U-boat U-48 about 270 miles west of the Hebrides in position 59°40'N, 13°50'W.


Light cruiser HMS Ceylon (30)


17 May 1945
During 17/18 May 1945, HMS Ceylon (Capt. K.L. Harkness, DSC, RN) and HMS Attacker (Capt. G.F. Renwick, RN) conducted exercises off Trincomalee. These included night exercises. (1)

29 May 1945 (position 0.00, 0.00)
During 29/30 May 1945, HMS Suffolk (Capt. D. Gilmour, RN) and HMS Ceylon (Capt. K.L. Harkness, DSC, RN) conducted exercises off Trincomalee. These included night exercises. (2)

30 May 1945
HMS Ceylon (Capt. K.L. Harkness, DSC, RN) departed Trincomalee to provide cover for (smaller) warships operating close inshore off the Burmese coast. (3)

9 Jun 1945 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Ceylon (Capt. K.L. Harkness, DSC, RN) arrived at Rangoon. (4)

10 Jun 1945 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Ceylon (Capt. K.L. Harkness, DSC, RN) departed Rangoon to provide cover for (smaller) warships operating close inshore off the Burmese coast. (4)

13 Jun 1945 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Ceylon (Capt. K.L. Harkness, DSC, RN) arrived at Rangoon from patrol. (4)

17 Jun 1945 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Ceylon (Capt. K.L. Harkness, DSC, RN) departed Rangoon for Akyab. (4)

18 Jun 1945 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Ceylon (Capt. K.L. Harkness, DSC, RN) arrived at Akyab. She departed for Trincomalee later the same day. (4)

20 Jun 1945 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Ceylon (Capt. K.L. Harkness, DSC, RN) arrived at Trincomalee. (4)

12 Jul 1945 (position 0.00, 0.00)
During 12/13 July 1945, HMS Ceylon (Capt. K.L. Harkness, DSC, RN), HMS Cleopatra (Capt. B.I. Robertshaw, CBE, RN), HMS Rotherham (Capt. H.W. Biggs, DSO and Bar, RN), HMS Racehorse (Cdr. J.J. Casement, DSC, RN) and HMS Relentless (Lt.Cdr. G.B. Barstow, RN), conducted exercises off Trincomalee. These included night exercises. (5)

17 Jul 1945 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Nigeria (Capt. H.A. King, DSO, RN) and HMS Ceylon (Capt. K.L. Harkness, DSC, RN) departed Trincomalee for Bombay. (6)

20 Jul 1945 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Nigeria (Capt. H.A. King, DSO, RN) and HMS Ceylon (Capt. K.L. Harkness, DSC, RN) arrived at Bombay. (6)

27 Jul 1945 (position 0.00, 0.00)
Rear-Admiral W.R. Patterson, CB, CVO, RN hoisted his flag in HMS Ceylon (Capt. K.L. Harkness, DSC, RN) which then departed Bombay for Colombo. (7)

29 Jul 1945
HMS Ceylon (Capt. K.L. Harkness, DSC, RN, flying the Rear-Admiral W.R. Patterson, CB, CVO, RN) arrived at Colombo where she was immediately docked.

[We currently have no information on when she was undocked as there is no log available for HMS Ceylon after July 1945.] (7)

31 Jul 1945 (position 0.00, 0.00)
Rear-Admiral W.R. Patterson, CB, CVO, RN struck his flag in HMS Ceylon (Capt. K.L. Harkness, DSC, RN). (7)

11 Aug 1945
HMS Ceylon (Capt. K.L. Harkness, DSC, RN) departed Colombo for Trincomalee. (8)

12 Aug 1945 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Ceylon (Capt. K.L. Harkness, DSC, RN) arrived at Trincomalee. (9)

Sources

  1. ADM 53/120915 + ADM 53/121089
  2. ADM 53/121089 + ADM 53/122325
  3. ADM 53/121089 + ADM 53/121090 + ADM 199/1457
  4. ADM 53/121090
  5. ADM 53/121091 + ADM 53/121110
  6. ADM 53/121091 + ADM 53/121923
  7. ADM 53/121091
  8. ADM 199/2550
  9. ADM 53/121924

ADM numbers indicate documents at the British National Archives at Kew, London.


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